Go beyond cans, bottles and cardboard to get creative with recycling.
Napa Recycling and Waste Services, 707-255-5200, has information and resources on recycling many household items.
But just in case you have lingering questions on ...ahem... "other items," that you may not have considered recycling, here are some tips on how to make it happen:
Bras aren't exactly biodegradable, but gently used lingerie is a welcome donation for The Bra Recyclers. So long as the clasps and straps work, just wash the bra, fill out a form and send it off.
Slivers of Soap
Some hotels save partially-used bars of soap to re-purpose it and donate it to the needy. Or keep your own soap slivers and put them into the foot of an old pantyhose to create a DIY a soap-on-a-rope.
Runners can log a lot of miles enjoying the trails surrounding Napa. Shoes wear out after about 500 miles, but don't toss them in the trash. Several programs recycle used running shoes.
Some ship lesser-used kicks to Third World countries, while companies including Nike will deconstruct the shoe and recycle the materials.
Learn about the process of recycling used running shoes atwww.nikereuseashoe.com.
Here are some other links for recycling running shoes:
Let your hair grow out, then get chop it off and make a donation to Locks of Love. The nonprofit provides hairpieces to children younger than 21 who suffer from a long-term illness that affects their hair growth.
For those who still have CDs, re-purpose them outdoors. Their mirror-like properties are a great deterrent for birds, so hang them around a garden or fruit trees to deter pilfering. Old CDs also make great decor for trees, so save a stack for the holiday season.
An old mattress will sleep in a landfill for about 50 years. Luckily, San Leandro-based DR3 Recycling parts out old mattresses and recycles the cotton, wood, steel and foam. DR3's yard is in Oakland, but there are other spots in the Bay Area where mattresses left behind will be recycled.
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